A Recital by Daniel Hope violinBack To Calendar
With special thanks to Caryn and Rudi Scheidt, Jr.
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ENESCU: Impromptu concertant
ELGAR: Violin Sonata in E minor, op. 82
RAVEL: Kaddisch from Deux mélodies hébraïques
FRANCK: Violin Sonata in A major, M. 8
The London Observer wrote,"This violinist, now among the best in the world as well as the most thoughtful, is as brilliant at Bach as at Birtwistle.” South African-born Daniel Hope returns to Harris Concert Hall for a recital with the remarkable pianist and longtime AMFS faculty member Anton Nel, who is also from South Africa. Hope’s father, author Christopher Hope, was an outspoken critic of apartheid, which resulted in the family leaving South Africa in 1974 when Daniel was six months old. They moved to London, where his mother took a job as the famed violin pedagogue Yehudi Menuhin’s secretary, later becoming his manager. Menuhin, Hope says, is the reason he became a violinist.
The program’s playful first piece is a nod to Menuhin, who was a protégé and lifelong friend of Enescu’s. Next is Elgar's only Violin Sonata, which he composed in 1918 while in ill health and profoundly disturbed about the tragic events that had befallen Europe. The darkness of the first two movements gives way to pastoral warmth and hope for the future in the finale. Ravel’s Kaddisch, his musical version of the Jewish prayer for the dead, is another tribute to Menuhin, who called himself Hope’s “musical grandfather.” The final work stems from yet another close relationship between two musical friends and colleagues, having been written by Franck as a wedding gift for Ysaÿe.